What started as a 16-lap brawl between Yamaha’s defending champion and Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea, ended in a dash for the line as Razgatlıoğlu fought against both Alvaro Bautista’s Ducati and severe rear tyre degradation in the final sector of Lap 21.
After trading places at the front at least eight times, Razgatlıoğlu forced Rea into a mistake on Lap 16. The Turkish ace, who felt more comfortable on his Yamaha R1 WorldSBK today, worked hard to control the race right to the end but the win was cruelly snatched away in the final moment as he battled Bautista to the line. Just 0.126s separated Razgatlıoğlu and the team from their first victory of the 2022 season.
Andrea Locatelli ultimately had a somewhat lonely race, despite another extremely positive fourth place finish. The 25-year-old Italian made a quick getaway to run third in the opening laps, doing an impressive job to keep Bautista at bay for some time, but was unable to match the relentless pace of the podium finishers and managed his race to secure the best possible result.
Both Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK riders enjoyed a strong qualifying this morning, which will benefit them tomorrow in the 10-lap Superpole Race at 11:00 (UTC+1), with Razgatlıoğlu starting from second on the grid and Locatelli from fifth, directly behind his teammate on the second row. Their finishing positions (within the top nine) will then determine the grid for Race 2 at 14:00. The Sunday schedule also includes a short 15-minute Warm Up at 09:00 to finalise improvements to each rider’s Yamaha R1 WorldSBK package.